Spinal Injury Causes: Auto Accidents, Trucking Accidents, and Farming Accidents

The causes of spinal injury in the work place are as varied as the many physical, mental, and emotional effects these incidents can have on victims. Employees working in hard labor occupations or near heavy machinery are at especially high risk. However, work place spinal injuries can happen in virtually any occupation. The risk of spinal injury also exists while traveling or working on off-site job locations. 

Spinal cord injuries in the workplace are painful and traumatic, caused by bending, dislocation, rotation, axial loading and hyperextension or hyperflexion of the spinal cord. Workers' compensation can cover the cost of medical medical bills and other expenses. Third parties, such as manufacturers of faulty equipment, may also be liable. The attorneys at Golitko & Daly are experts in spinal injury causes, and can help you collect the maximum damages allowable. Contact our Indianapolis firm today to learn more. 

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Auto Accidents

Typical automobile accidents include:

  • Head-on crashes
  • Rollovers
  • Rear-end crashes
  • Off-road departures
  • Collision with obstacles

Any of these types of accidents can cause workers to suffer spinal injuries. The most traumatic will cause a fracture, dislocation or crushing of the spine. Injury from auto accidents may amplify in pain or severity long after the accident because of continued swelling and bleeding, and because of the initiation of the healing process. It is very important that any employee involved in an auto accident secures excellent legal representation.

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Trucking Accidents

Because of the size and weight of semi trucks, they can cause damage well beyond the scope of accidents involving passenger vehicles. Semi trucks, or “dually” trucks – those with two wheels in the back of the truck for weight support and stability – can cause several kinds of accidents that pose a great hazard to everyone on the road:

  • Rollovers
  • Jack-knife crashes
  • Tire blowouts
  • Underride accidents

A serious tractor-trailer or large truck crash can cause serious injury to the driver, passengers and bystanders. Spinal cord injuries are not uncommon in these very dangerous accidents.

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Farming Accidents

Employees working on farms are at risk of spinal injury related to livestock, the outside elements, farming equipment, farming vehicles, and other obstacles not present in other occupations. Farming accidents that cause spinal injury include:

  • Malfunctions in equipment, causing erratic operation and harm to the operator.
  • Improper operation of large equipment, including hay balers, tractors, and other agricultural equipment.
  • Improper lifting or back strain while performing strenuous tasks such as moving hay bales or fencing.
  • Injury caused by a large animal charging or kicking.
  • Injury from heavy falling objects.

No two farming accidents are exactly alike, and it is important that each case is handled with care and attention. For more information on these and other spinal injury cases, please contact us today.

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Slip and Fall Accidents

Any impact to the neck or back area can result in a spinal cord injury, and slip and fall accidents cause a staggering 30 percent of these types of serious injuries. Slip and falls are common, and can occur in any workplace. Potential hazards that are likely to cause or contribute to these incidents include:

  • Debris and other obstacles on the floor
  • Staircases 
  • Spilled liquids
  • Elevated work platforms 

Slip and fall accidents are often seen at construction sites and in similar working conditions that involve the use of bulky tools, ladders, scaffolding, and other equipment. 

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Sports Injuries

Sports accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries, including spinal cord injuries. Participants in contact sports in particular, such as football, experience more of these types of injuries, but serious accidents can even happen to spectators in the stands. When sports injuries are due to negligence, victims can and should be compensated for their losses. Negligence can be attributable to many factors, including:

  • Inadequate training and preparation
  • Unsportsmanlike attacks (gross negligence)
  • Faulty equipment (product liability) 
  • Inadequate treatment by a team doctor (medical malpractice)

Exercising Your Rights

Workplace spinal injury can happen in any occupation, and the effects can change employees' lives. For more information on how you can protect your future following a spinal injury, contact Golitke & Daly today. We have helped many clients to collect the compensation they need to cope with spinal injury.